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Angry Abbate Bashes Black & Bloomberg For “Robbing” Innocent Schools

February 22, 2011

Fiorello LaGuardia Club nemesis and 49th AD “union poodle” Assemblyman Peter Abbate, who earned an easy win over unknown GOP neophyte Peter Cipriano last November, is out loudly attacking Cathie Black, accusing her of robbing innocent schools that are just seeking fiscal responsibility.

Daily News blog mistress Celeste Katz featured the following story on her page (excerpted below; click here for full story):

Brooklyn state Assemblyman Peter Abbate is going off on Mayor Bloomberg and his hand-picked schools chancellor, Cathie Black, over what he says is a dastardly plan (come on, how often do I get to use that word?) to chisel schools out of money they themselves have squirreled away for rainy budget days.

“The Mayor and Chancellor Black are basically committing robbery here,” Abbate said in a statement today. “The Mayor is cutting jobs and Chancellor Black is literally taking money away from our children, money that the schools themselves have saved…”

Continuing to rage at the machine, Abbate concluded: “The person who came up with this plan should no longer have a job at the Department of Education. The hypocrisy is incredible. The Mayor laments the firing of teachers but calls layoffs inevitable, and the Chancellor targets the only funds the schools have that could possibly save jobs. It’s like they want to fire teachers.”

Here is the release from the Assemblyman…

So, who do you agree with?

Do you like Cathie Black? Do you approve of this measure that has the Assemblyman in a rage?

We invite you to offer your thoughts below.

22 Comments
  1. GOP missed an opportunity of striking at Abbate in 2010 permalink
    February 23, 2011 12:12 am

    Real numbers will soon tell the story of a missed
    opportunity to take out Assemblyman Peter Abbate in 2010. The
    Republican voter count fall-off in the 49th AD was greater than in
    other southwest Brooklyn districts (with the odd exception of the
    46th AD, where “Oopsy Daisey!” somebody forgot to run a candidate
    in that district). In most areas the Republican vote dropped
    slightly, whereas the Democratic vote dropped drastically. In the
    49th AD both the Democrat and the Republican vote dropped
    precipitously. This was mostly the result of a dispirited
    Democratic electorate, which was in some part reflective of the
    national trend. In the 49th AD, Republican voters were almost as
    surly as the Democrats, probably due to the harsh infighting among
    the Republican candidates. For example, the Lucretia Potter
    “write-in campaign” probably caused more “no votes” for any of the
    assembly candidates than write-ins for Ms. Potter. Needless to say,
    these would overwhelmingly have been Republican voters.

  2. "Capitalism" according to 47th AD Republican District Leader Russell Gallo permalink
    February 24, 2011 12:00 am

    “The capitalist system is getting the most for the least you can do…” –Russell Gallo

    Who needs a Republican like this?

    Isn’t there anybody out there to run for the Republican State Committee in the 47th AD.

  3. objective observer permalink
    February 24, 2011 11:41 am

    Eaton got some very bad political news again demonstrating his lack of influence- will be confirmed and reported next week.

  4. interesting but.. permalink
    February 24, 2011 12:36 pm

    Interesting but don’t think we need any more evidence of how eaton has little influence and is irrelevant…after all, no GOP elected, including Golden, has yet to publicly defend his “unceremonious” (to quote steven witt in the brooklyn courier) creation of a fake YR club.

  5. interesting but.. permalink
    February 24, 2011 11:53 pm

    Eaton- please just go

  6. day 18 permalink
    February 25, 2011 10:59 am

    Eaton has been very unhappy lately, those close to him say.
    Maybe because Day 18 and marty golden nor any other elected has publicly defended him..

  7. Lesson of Kathleen Parker connected to Peter Abbate and YKW permalink
    February 26, 2011 2:10 pm

    CNN’s shotgun wedding between one, Kathleen Parker, possibly the most shiksa-esque of so-called conservative Republican women commentators, and “Client Number 9” Spitzer is no more. What lessons can “WE” here in the Brooklyn GOP learn from this?

    1) (The most obvious) No so-called conservative Republican female should ever consider being a TV-partner (even on cable) to “Client Number 9” (Are you paying attention Karen? The same rule applies to KFs as applies to KPs).

    2) No real conservative Republican should ever have an on-going working relationship with any liberal Democrat that remotely resembles something like the Kathleen Parker-Elliot Spitzer symbiosis.

    3) The same principle applies to so-called conservative Republicans, male or female, who hold elective office or Republican Party leadership positions.

    4) If there is such a symbiotic relationship between a so-called conservative Republican and a/some liberal Democrat(s) here in Brooklyn, those who have supported that/those relationship(s) should be strongly encouraged to reverse themselves immediately — especially if the so-called conservative Republican leader(s) are supporters of a so-called conservative Republican officeholder ( those so-call conservative Republican leader-supporters’ feet will be put to the fire first, since 2011 comes before 2012).

    5) If one of those Democrats is “49th AD ‘union poodle’ Assemblyman Peter Abbate” then that so-called conservative Republican office holder would necessarily be State Senate “union shih tzu” Martin Golden.

    6) State Senator Golden has to immediately break off his longstanding shihtzu-poo affair with Assemblyman Abbate (btw, we won’t tell who played “Lady” and who got to play “Tramp”, but the spaghetti and meatball “Bella Notte” scene was just too precious ).

    The overriding local lesson from the Parker-Spitzer fiasco should be that: here in Brooklyn the same rules apply to a so-called conservative Republican office-holding golden shihtzu as finally came to bear on the national media gig for the so-called conservative Republican women commentator shiksa, Kathleen Parker.

  8. today permalink
    February 26, 2011 5:36 pm

    I was at congressman grimms brooklyn office today where he was there for open office hours. Clorinda annarummo is a full-time staff member, she is well positioned to take on eaton. I overhear that Eaton went nuts when he found out about her appointment. More proof of his irrelevance with grimm, as with the liam mccabe (conservatice) appointment. Also, heard that eaton was not invited and was fuming.

  9. harbor view terrace permalink
    February 26, 2011 10:31 pm

    Day 21- no elected defending eaton yet, no sign of eaton at grimm event today, clorinda ready to challenge eaton as Grimm staff member, liam mccabe as conservative with grimm, eaton nemesis clorinda on staff, bad press for eaton in home reporter, not good

  10. Recycled Stale Strategies permalink
    February 26, 2011 11:25 pm

    The appointment of Clorinda Annarumo as a staff member for the Grimm office should not necessarily be viewed as a slight against Eaton or a position of power for Annarumo. It is a neutralization tactic to keep Annarumo happy and placated from creating issues about the Executive Director appointment of Karen Fisher,to show Eaton who is the real boss, and to keep Grimm in line in Brooklyn.
    For those that can remember the same tactic was used to avoid a Capano/Russo primary a few short years back. Capano really wanted to run for City Counci, but Pat Russo was the annointed Brooklyn GOP candidate. In order to avoid a primary and ensure another easy win for Gentile, Capano was given a job in Fossella’s office as his Chief of Staff in Brooklyn-(Annarumo sold herself short on this deal with Grimm). This “job” neutered him and avoided the big problems Capano could have created at the time if he was only astute enough to realize his power and the damage he could have done at the time.

    • "Re-cyclables" need to be separated from other trash permalink
      February 27, 2011 1:25 am

      The view of “Recycled Stale Strategies” is too
      Machiavellian by half… too many people would have to have been in
      on the conspiracy to neuter Clorinda. It would also be unlikely
      that so many interests would have been simultaneously served by
      that one move. Although I also don’t buy into the conclusions
      expressed and implied in the commentary “today” and “harbor view
      terrace,” they have the virtue of simplicity that puts them ahead
      of the latter’s theory by application of Occam’s Razor. More
      important, the “Recycled Stale Strategies” comment above contains a
      false collateral argument inserted as if to buttress it’s main
      point “…if [Bob Capano] was only astute enough to realize his
      power and the damage he could have done at the time.” More than
      anything else, a simple transactional analysis of the remark would
      tag it as a gratuitous nock at Mr. Capano. The false premise of the
      argument is that power can be generated by the ability to damage
      the Brooklyn GOP or anybody in it.

      • Judge's Means permalink
        February 27, 2011 11:15 am

        “The false premise of the argument is that power can be generated by the ability to damage the Brooklyn GOP or anybody in it.”

        The true premise is that power CAN be generated by the ability to damage to the Brooklyn GOP. Judge proved that point in tha past, and has gained recognition for that ability. The formation of a regurgitated “new” YR club is proof of how far the establishment will go to repress that ability.

        Capano had the opportuniy to inflict some major damage to the Brooklyn GOP in the past. He chose not to for whatever reason, gratuituous or not. It was clearly evident during his last campaign for City Council. Capano allowed himself to be controlled by the GOP, much like Russo, and neither one emerged victorious.

  11. good points permalink
    February 27, 2011 9:59 am

    Those are good points and agree, except I don’t know if Grimm actually cared about keeping clorinda from causing problems about the karen fischer appointment (although that could be the end result)..I do fully agree with the parts about showing eaton who the real boss is and keeping grimm in line in brooklyn.

    I do vaguely recall the capano- russo situation but do not remember the fossella appointment connection (how and why capano got that)..it makes sense though and if russo was supported by the GOP establishment (and more importantly Golden) could capano really have won that primary- or the general for that matter?? So if it was a “deal” with fossella maybe wasn’t a terrible one..
    I also agree clorinda sold herself short- she has some good expereince and I don’t know the official staff structure in the brooklyn office but I was introduced saturday to a guy named Nick as the person in charge and clorindas desk was right near the front door- indicating a lower level position.

    • Golden Means permalink
      February 27, 2011 10:59 am

      The main point is that Golden is fighting to keep control.
      Grimm could care less about Annarummo or anyone else but Grimm. Golden is still Eaton’s boss (much to Eaaton’s chagrin), Golden is fearful of Annarumo,(though her influence has diminished rapidly over time), and Golden needs Grimm to keep his seat in 2012 (Democratic opponent anyone?).
      The end justifies the means.

  12. maybe.... permalink
    February 27, 2011 11:51 am

    I do not think Grimm cares or is worried about eaton or Golden in the least.. As far as the ability to damage the Brooklyn GOP, Mr. Capano may be in a position to do that now, or maybe not, now that his closest alliance seems to be with Grimm and his staff, and not Eaton or the Brooklyn GOP.. Maybe, who knows..

    • No power can be derived from "damaging" or "destroying" a powerless entity like the current Brooklyn GOP permalink
      February 27, 2011 12:42 pm

      The power or energy that is in the hands of Judge, Capano, Annarumo, or anybody else who wants to step up to the plate, derives only from their ability to “replace” or “change” the existing Brooklyn GOP organization — OR KEY PARTS OF IT.

      It’s as simple as the rules of physics — nothing can destroyed — only changed.

  13. the spin continues.. permalink
    February 27, 2011 1:47 pm

    So if u believe the latest post on the other blog- all the district leaders support eaton, Annarummo is the President of the Eaton Fan Club, Eaton loves Capano even though he beat him to supporting Grimm, Eaton YR club has 10,000 members and the Brooklyn G0P will be singing kumbaya later together..

  14. day 24 permalink
    February 28, 2011 11:07 am

    Its day 24- has golden or any other brooklyn GoP elected sent out a public statement supporting eaton yet?

  15. how sad... permalink
    February 28, 2011 8:48 pm

    How sad that Mr. Eaton needs the state young republicans to validate his chairmanship- and manhood..

  16. March 1, 2011 5:17 pm

    Lucretia Regina-Potter

    Republican District Leader 49AD

    It is with shock and dismay that I read about Assemblyman Abbate’s “anger “at Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Cathie Black, over what is quoted as a “dastardly” plan to chisel schools out of money they have squirreled away for a rainy day. It is my understanding that these “rainy day funds” are those that principals, parents, and volunteers have built up in their schools for their schools through hard work and dedicated fundraising efforts and not from the budgetary education department funds. According to the plan the schools can only spend fifty cents on the dollar due to the draconian budget cuts being implemented.

    I am surprised because in his over 25 years of tenure in the NYS Assembly, I cannot recollect one time that Peter Abbate has taken an active role in the education of children in the state or our community! Where was his rage and “anger” when three Catholic schools in the 49th Assembly District closed?! Speaking from personal experience, the closing of these three important Catholic schools in the district upset families, created a traumatic upheaval for our children, jeopardized parishes in the community, and contributed to the already overwhelmed public school system.

    As a parent I do not welcome cuts in education, especially when they will have an adverse effect on our children. In a case where there are restrictions, painful remedies have to be enacted. Assemblyman Abbate should have been proactive in preventing thing like this from happening instead of criticizing unappealing but sometimes necessary cuts. After all, he is the chair of the Committee on Governmental Employees. Abbate has hardly sponsored any bills regarding the education of our children.

    Budgetary cuts are prevailing nowadays across our great nation due to the mismanagement and ambivalence of legislators like Peter Abbate who is more interested in being the “unions’ poodle” catering to special interests. Our children’s education should NEVER be used for political gains or an attempt at sympathetic support from those most vulnerable. Our precious children, dedicated principals, parents, grandparents, volunteers and staff deserve better from the NYS Legislature and Assemblyman Abbate!

  17. Abbate is trying to cover up his three "mulligans" for three of his shots that went way off the fairway permalink
    March 1, 2011 6:37 pm

    Missed shot one — overly generous pubic employee
    contracts, all supported by Abbate, have bankrupted New York State
    causing the crisis that requires NY State to cut financing to our
    local schools. Missed shot two — over the years Abbate failed to
    back the educational reforms that would have made the NYC schools
    more efficient and able to cope with these cutbacks; but instead he
    backed massive school construction projects that now seem like
    ludicrously lavish gifts to the construction industry and their
    associated unions. Missed shot three — Abbate is not behind the
    current legislation to repeal L.I.F.O. seniority rules that mandate
    keeping long-term non-performing or otherwise troublesome
    teachers.

  18. how sad... permalink
    March 2, 2011 12:00 am

    How sad eatons pearl room event- better to give free beer and food to the same people to make it seem like doing something rather than candidates, right craigy

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